David Mclay Kidd - DMK Golf Design
Picture of Nick

Nick Schaan

As a youngster in North Dakota, Nick’s love affair with golf began with a not a golf club, but a hockey stick, a golf ball, and a broken window. Armed with a hand-me-down set of hickory overlaid, steel- shafted Spalding Brother’s blades, persimmon woods, and a collection of whiffle balls; he was hooked on chasing that little white ball.

His family later moved to Seattle, Washington and a hobby soon became an obsession. He honed his game in the neighborhood park when he couldn’t get to a golf course. Where would a golf geek find a high school and summer job but at the golf course, washing carts and picking range balls? In short time he found himself working in the golf shop; opening and closing the course, running tournaments and even working on the greens crew mowing greens and setting tee and hole locations.

Taking full advantage of unlimited practice balls and course access, Nick worked hard on his game, was a scratch player at 17, and went on to play golf in college. Intrigued by design and construction, thanks to a childhood collection of LEGOS, he set his dreams on designing and building golf courses where he could combine his passion for the game, imagination, and creativity.

Picture of Nick

Nick graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and earned and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) National Award for his Senior Design Thesis/Project.

Over the course a of 4 years (2001-2005) Nick worked with golf course architect John Harbottle III on a number of long range master plans, renovations, and two original courses, including the acclaimed Palouse Ridge on the campus of his Alma Mater, Washington State University.

In 2005, Nick joined golf course builder Heritage Links as an Assistant Superintendent of Construction to build the Robert Trent Jones II designed, Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington - host of the 2010 US Amateur and 2015 US Open.

Shortly before completion of construction during the following fall, Nick met David Kidd. They shared similar ideas about golf design and construction and the two being a joint pursuit. Young, passionate, and eager to learn and work on the best projects, Nick jumped at the opportunity to join the DMK team.

Picture of Nick

In the fall of 2006, he began his first full project with DMK, Huntsman Springs, where over the course of two years, Nick lived on site working through the design, orchestrating the construction, and working side by side with the golf course construction team on every detail of the project.

Most recently, Nick completed design and construction of Yeosu Island Golf Resort, a 27 hole project in South Korea and is currently working with the DMK team on a number of exciting new projects across the globe.